Welcome back for another Yoga Pose of the Week with Jessie Dwiggins! This week’s pose, Warrior II, strengthens the legs and chest while boosting stamina and challenging the body.
What do you think of when you picture a warrior? Perhaps you envision a person who is sure of their self, willing to fight for what they believe in, is courageous, full of vigor, spontaneous, and likely to follow their gut instincts. These are all elements of an energized navel chakra. With energy flowing freely through the navel chakra, it’s easy to go after one’s dreams.
Balance Your Navel Chakra with Warrior II Pose
Connect with your inner warrior and instinctive power with Warrior II pose. In addition to firing up your navel chakra, it strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles. There is something about using the strength of your legs to support your body that reminds you just what you’re capable of, especially once your muscles start to quiver yet your legs stay steady and firm. Warrior II pose also stretches the inner legs, chest and lungs, and shoulders and stimulates the abdominal organs. You will feel your endurance and stamina increase the more you practice this vigorous stance.
Strike a Pose: How To
1. Stand with your feet parallel and toes lifted. Step four feet apart.
2. Turn your right foot out and your left foot slightly in. Align the right heel with the arch of your left foot.
3. Bend your right knee over the right ankle so the shin is perpendicular and the thigh is parallel to the floor. Make sure your knee isn’t leaning over your big toe, pull it back toward the little toe side of your foot.
4. Don’t lean on your right hip; keep the hips square and weight equal on both legs.
5. Inhale and stretch your arms out to your sides, parallel to the floor.
6. Keep the sides of the torso equally long and tuck your tailbone down.
7. Turn your head to the right and look over your fingers. If your neck is tight, align your chin over your chest.
8. Take five deep breaths in the pose. Work up to ten deep breaths.
9. To come out, inhale and straighten the right leg. Exhale and release the arms.
10. Turn both feet to face your left. Repeat on the other side.
The greatest warriors combine power with heartfelt compassion. Do not fight your way through this pose. It is challenging, but designed to reconnect you to what your body and mind are capable of. And you are probably a lot more powerful that you think you are. Stick with it for a healthy dose of self-esteem.
Stand in your strength with more Warrior poses. Take a yoga class with Jessie Dwiggins at Raffa Yoga in Cranston, RI. For lots more information, visit www.jessiedwiggins.com or email Jessie at Jessie@jessiedwiggins.com.